Welcome to the Brabazon Blog! We are trying to get a forum going that would be more instantaneous and universal than either the family website (brabazonarchive.com) or separate emailing. We have commenced with a handful of topics - taken from the website - to kick-start conversations. Your suggestions for additional areas of interest and emails of a personal nature can be sent to Michael Brabazon at mbbrabazon@yahoo.co.uk

As we are probably all now aware, the Brabazon Clan is not homogenous but rather a mosaic of smaller genetic groupings, sometimes explicable by descent via a Brabazon female line, sometimes due to the adoption of the Brabazon name for various known or unknown reasons. By casting the discussion network as wide as possible perhaps we can begin to shed more light on each of the sub-lineages of the Clan - worldwide brainstorming, so to speak!

The Earl and Countess of Meath remain the standard bearers of the Brabazon name, and I think we would all agree that we have an excellent family at the very heart of the Brabazon Clan. Across the spectrum of our Family we are a good microcosm of Irishness in all its cultural forms and our cohesiveness in diversity is perhaps the best testimony to the greatness of our ancestors. So start blogging and let's see where it goes!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Kilruddery Hall, Then and Now

KILLRUDDERY, BRAY, Co WICKLOW - THE ANCESTRAL HOME OF THE EARLS OF MEATH – THEN & NOW
Hunting scene showing Killruddery House





The Orangery
The Orangery dates from 1852. It was built by William Burn for the 11th Earl of Meath and his wife Harriot, after the Crystal Place Exhibition in London, when conservatories became very fashionable. The dowager duchess Melosina sold her diamond tiara to pay for the build. The pattern of the brickwork is said to be based on the design of the tiara. The original glass roof, the work of Richard Turner, has since been replaced. Inside is a  collection of marble statues from Italy collected 1830–1850.



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